Today’s Fashion Headlines. March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012 • Fashion, Fashion Blog

Simon Spurr Leaves Namesake Label

Designer Simon Spurr has exited as creative director at the label that bears his name. He left the company on Friday, he confirmed to WWD. The departure comes just as Spurr was nominated for the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year prize last week, along with Patrik Ervell and Billy Reid. In January, Spurr won the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award in men’s wear.

In an e-mail, Spurr noted: “At this moment, I’m not at liberty to say anything about what’s gone on.”

Alexander Wang Suit Stalled

The $50 million lawsuit against Alexander Wang is in flux. Lawyers for former Wang employee Wenyu Lu, who slapped the fashion designer with a suit for allegedly exploitative labor practices, filed a motion Thursday to discontinue the case.

The suit was filed in Queens Supreme Court this month, but Lu’s lawyer, Ming Hai, told us the case will be refiled in federal court and handed off to a lawyer specializing in labor law. Hai says he wasn’t fired and will continue to consult on the case. Wang and his brother, Dennis, are being accused of keeping sweatshop-like conditions at his 386 Broadway offices, with employees claiming they worked 16-hour days without overtime pay and suffered injuries and illnesses. Another ex-employee, Flor Duante, claimed she worked more than 90-hour weeks and was fired after filing for workers compensation.

A rep for Wang told Page Six, “The claims of sweatshop conditions were completely and utterly untrue in every respect.”

Carine Roitfeld’s New Mag in NYC?

Carine Roitfeld is so close to putting out her own magazine in September. Roitfeld told Karl Lagerfeld, when he guest edited the Metro, that she will “start out doing two a year” and that she wants the mag to be “the link between the runway and the real woman.” She also told Dazed Digital that the magazine “needs to be international and in English.”

A source tells us that Roitfeld’s new magazine will be based in New York and published by Visionaire publishing, the same company that publishes Visionaire, V, and V Man. Last month WWD speculated that the Visionaire media group would publish Roitfeld’s magazine. Is Roitfeld looking for help?

– Taneisha Jordan
Source: WWD; NY Post; Dazed Digital
Photo: WWD
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